Howell Automatic Rifle

The Howell Automatic Rifle is a semi-automatic conversion of the Lee–Enfield rifle.[1] The weapon was reliable but unergonomic for the user as the force of the recoiling bolt interfered with handling. Similar conversions were the South African Rieder and Charlton of New Zealand origin which had full automatic capability.

Howell Automatic Rifle
TypeAutomatic rifle
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Service history
Used byUnited Kingdom
Cartridge.303 British
Rate of fireSemi automatic
Feed system10 / 20 round box magazine

See also


  1. Special Service Lee Enfields: Commando and Auto Models by Ian Skennerton. Published by Ian D Skennerton, PO Box 80, Labrador 4215, Australia, 2001. ISBN 0-949749-37-0. Paperback, 48 pp, 50 plus b & w drawings and photos, 210 x 274 mm
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